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FCTA to roll out public taxis, buses in December 



Nyesome Wike

The Federal Capital Territory Administration has announced that it will roll out new taxis and buses for public transportation in Abuja in December.  

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nysom Wike, disclosed this during a high-level meeting with estate developers in Abuja on Tuesday. 

According to Wike, the introduction of public transportation vehicles controlled by FCTA would address the problem of “one chance” operators in Abuja. 

The minister noted that the buses and taxis would ply the routes of Maitama, Asokoro, and other parts of the city, stressing that vehicles would be rolled out in the next one month. 

Ban of commercial tricycle operations in FCT 

Wike further disclosed that to ensure residents experience maximum security on the roads, the FCTA would put an end to the operations of commercial tricycle operators in Abuja, adding that some of the operators were agents of “one chance” criminals. 

He pointed out that while he knew some residents of the FCT earned a living as tricycle operators, the decision to ban commercial tricycle operations in Abuja was borne out of a desire to protect the residents of the capital city.  

Wike explained that the reason why a stiff decision had not been taken against the tricycle operators in the FCT was because public FCTA-controlled buses and taxis were yet to be rolled out as alternatives.